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Director, Corporate Partnerships & Engagement

About The Future Project

In 2011, a passionate team of dreamers and builders came together around a big but simple vision: to make it possible for every person on the planet—starting with young people—to discover their power and learn to build a better future for all. Together we designed an innovative, research-based service for schools, centered on a new role in society: the Dream Director; delivered that service to more than 35,000 students across eight states from coast to coast; recruited a diverse national team and community; and built what has become one of the fastest-growing non-profit (or, as we like to say, for-people) organizations in the country. 

Over the next several years, fueled by the lessons of our first phase and in response to tremendous demand—and urgent needs we see in the world—we will aim to open our community to the world. We will release new, more accessible programs and service offerings, further build our science and evidence base, host major flagship events, and grow our global network of young people, advisors, supporters, and more. 

At this exciting moment of growth and change, it is more important to us than ever to protect the quality, humility, and magic that The Future Project strives to embody. We are looking for talented new team members to help us do just that.

Responsibility Overview

The Director, Corporate Partnerships & Engagement will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President, Movement as well as the Development and Movement teams to develop and manage the Future Project’s (TFP) external partnership strategy, including proactive and effective partner communications, volunteer and community engagement and partnership development. Additionally, the Director will oversee TFP’s work of sharing its story and impact to strengthen TFP’s relationship with well-known brands and entities, and improve the organization’s ability to build a long-lasting movement for outside individuals to contribute their talents to the mission of empowering possibility within young people.

Specific Accountabilities

Partnership Strategy & Implementation (60%)

  • Work closely with the CEO, Chief Movement Officer (search in progress), and VP, Movement to develop and implement effective, results oriented corporate partnership strategy with a focus on corporate organizations with an interest in young people and/or social impact, or other relevant areas for natural collaboration
  • In support with the Chief Movement Officer and VP, Movement design and execute the infrastructure to support corporate partnership
  • Execute against corporate partnership and sponsorship strategy to enroll new core partners cross-team support from in-house communications/marketing and production team members, as needed
  • Project manage all current high-profile corporate, sponsor and volunteer relationships;  manage day-to-day operations and relationship management across stakeholders including, but not limited to: Corporate Foundations, Social Good/Impact Department Leads/Team Members, Community Based Organization Partners, etc. .
  • Advance TFP’s reputation and influence as a leading, growing non-profit organization in the broader world through solidifying new partnerships with relevant, philosophically aligned organizations to support organizational needs (eg: partner with student centered organizations to support the FY19 national campaign; partner with vendors to support donations in kind in support of organizational operations or other student events, etc.); re-engage passive partners, as required.
  • Strengthen TFP’s presence in each current region by supporting other TFP staff members (Dream Directors, Chief Dream Directors, etc.) in developing strong local relationships with key community partners and other stakeholders to increase organizational awareness;
  • Work with Director, Community Growth to design, create and maintain (nationally based) and maximize centralized systems and structures to map current organizational partnerships; support Chief Dream Directors and their teams at mapping and tracking current partnerships/partners and maintaining those systems in an on-going way  
  • Collaborate with the Future Camp and Annual Event teams to solicit in-kind donations and event sponsors;
  • Proactively work with organizational senior leadership to maintain a high level of understanding partnership needs across work streams in support of comprehensive partnership engagement for national campaign
  • Maintain a strong understanding of all community issues and opportunities in current and proposed TFP cities; inform Marketing and Communications Team members, as well as senior leadership about aligned opportunities for TFP engagement
  • Connect partnerships with relevant, philosophically aligned individuals with the Sr. Director, Partnerships or other relevant members of the Development team, including working closely with the People & Operations Team  to ensure compliance around in-kind support as well as ensure partners are added to gratitude efforts and regional engagement

Corporate Volunteering Program Development & Management (15%)

  • Organize and implement a volunteer service program, starting with existing corporate partners, including planning, training and coordination to impact the core strategic functions in accomplishing TFP’s mission
  • Coordinate regional and HQ based logistics across partner and internal TFP stakeholders, as needed, based upon partner interest and organizational need/capacity

Internal & External Communication (25%)

  • Work closely with the VP, Movement and Director, Communications in developing and executing effective and proactive partner communications to share TFP’s results and successes nationally and in the local communities and states TFP serves.
  • Support the Movement team in shaping and guiding the organization’s proactive marketing strategy and projecting a consistent brand and message to external stakeholders
  • Work with Director, Communications to ensure that we receive appropriate media attention related to our corporate partnerships and volunteering
  • Coordinate with other Movement Team members to ensure that community leaders and other influencers are aware of and in attendance at TFP’s large scale events.
  • Work in partnership with the CEO to prepare TFP’s staff to be effective spokespeople of TFP for any corporate partner site visits or meetings
  • Work in partnership with the Senior Director, Philanthropic Partnerships on the development team to ensure a seamless transition of any potential corporate partners to donors, and vice-versa
  • Collect and analyze data to evaluate the impact of corporate partnerships and volunteerism and share regularly with the team
  • Proactively communicate with partners organizations and individual partners to share organizational updates, impact and opportunities for engagement (passively and actively)
  • Maintain a high-level of customer service with all stakeholders ensuring strong follow-up, follow-through and connection to engage stakeholders and create value for partners
  • Participate in non-political civic engagement, when appropriate, representing TFP, as needed

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of experience, building alliances and partnerships with external stakeholders in diverse communities
  • Proficiency/comfort using technology and data, including Google Suite
  • Ability to comfortably present to a wide range of audiences

Additional Qualifications

  • Exceptional and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to speak to a wide variety of audiences about TFP and it’s programs
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Demonstrated talent for sharing compelling narratives
  • Outstanding organization and project management skills – ability to see the big picture and to manage the small details
  • Demonstrated track record in driving impact and leading and managing significant, complex efforts and robust processes
  • Strong network of relationships, including potential partner contacts

Personal Characteristics

  • Driven to improve and very receptive to feedback
  • Upbeat, positive, outgoing, and personable
  • Principled with high ethical standards, professionalism and integrity
  • Ability to work in “startup” environment (range of tasks, ambiguity, flexibility) while still exercising and implementing standard professional processes and systems
  • Able to work autonomously, set direction, seek out answers, and produce results with minimal guidance
  • A strong commitment to The Future Project mission


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